Really, really, really, really, really watered down Workplace relations law passed – NZ doesn’t implode into socialist apocalypse

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The Workplace relations law was always a watered down meaningless bit of nothing that simply took the Union movement back 10 years to before National had stripped them bare. There isn’t anything modern or empowering about this legislation, it is a whitewash lip service to the union moment to look like something has been done when really very little has changed.

I’m not having a good year am I?

Yawn…

Workplace relations law finally passed after tortured journey
The Government finally passed its flagship workplace relations bill after months of consternation, ending 90-day trials for large businesses.

The bill was twice softened by Labour’s coalition partner NZ First – first before it was introduced and then before the second reading.

The behind-the-scenes controversy over the bill spilled out into the public arena in August and September when NZ First MP Shane Jones criticised parts of it on Q+A and leader Winston Peters described it as a “work in progress”. This led to unions writing directly to Peters asking him to back down.

…the National Party and their Boss mates whipped this toothless lapdog up as the first shots in some communist revolution that would a socialist apocalypse unleashed on the mums and dads of NZ.

The Workplace relations law was always a watered down meaningless bit of nothing that simply took the Union movement back 10 years to before National had stripped them bare. There isn’t anything modern or empowering about this legislation, it is a whitewash lip service to the union moment to look like something has been done when really very little has changed.

The established Unions will have the same monopoly they’ve always enjoyed while the vast majority of workers receive very little in terms of empowerment.

The Government may as well have done nothing. Total victory to the business community for manufacturing a threat out of this mirage.

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9 Comments

  1. Denny Paoa says:

    Oh No! Not the “Woke” NeoLiberal Incrementalistic Labour party again! To afraid of its own shadow to do the right thing or anything bold?! FFS!

  2. Mike the Lefty says:

    Yes, it is a disappointing anticlimax after we thought we might get some progress on workplace relations.
    But it goes to show who REALLY is the power in NZ, it is not the government, it is the ultra conservative business and agriculture lobby.
    They will only be happy when the employer-worker power balance is back to good old Dickensian times.
    They keep moaning about how low productivity is killing NZ business, yet have no solutions to it themselves and view any suggestions from employee groups as a socialist trick to rob them of their livelihoods.
    NZ’s liberal image is as fake as its clean green image.

  3. Michelle says:

    This is part of MMP and what happens when you have a coalition government one has to make trade offs. As national did when they couldn’t get their RMA clauses passed by Dunn and the Maori Party so it languished.

  4. Keepcalmcarryon says:

    Labour really need to change their name or people might think they stand for something they clearly do not.
    Here they are shafting meatworkers by opening the floodgates to foreign scab labour to drive wages down so Alliance can make more money:
    https://www.stuff.co.nz/southland-times/109148151/alliance-given-green-light-for-100-overseas-workers

  5. esoteric pineapples says:

    If people had voted Green in the same numbers as they voted Labour, we would have had much stronger workplace laws because the Green Party’s fault is also its strength. It is staunch. It remains the only “outsider” party in Parliament. It just needs a lot more MPs to get vote in so it has some real power.

  6. Darien Fenton says:

    AFFCO workers are celebrating they will get their meals and rest breaks back. You cannot underestimate how important this is to them, working in one of the shitty jobs, standing all day, on concrete in gumboots. And as you know this Bill was only ever a “correction”. There is more underway and you better start campaigning now because NZ First will continue to be an obstacle to workplace law changes.

    • Keepcalmcarryon says:

      One wonders where NZ first is when immigration allows in 100 offshore meat workers as per my post above.
      Situations like AFFCO won’t happen again because kiwis will simply not be employed we don’t make good enough serfs.
      The coalition government is clearly OK with it.

      • Darien Fenton says:

        The Meat Workers Union opposed these workers coming in because we don’t think meat companies are doing a good enough job in trying to recruit locals ; The process is the same one the Nats used for the last nine years and is not good enough. Changes need to be made and we are hopeful they will come in the New Year. We’ve made our concerns known to the government and are calling for an industry/union and government agency effort to work on this. We’ve had a positive response from the Minister. On the plus side these workers are coming into highly unionised sites and will be covered by the union collective agreement. MWU has managed to stop Talleys getting Halal slaughter men because of their antics.

        • Keepcalmcarryon says:

          Thank you for your hard work,
          I hope bigger better changes are ahead for working kiwis. Business is automatically anti Labour regardless but there are votes to be had if the government only grow a set and look after our people.

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